There Is No Science Behind Shark Culling
The Australian Government once again overreacted to a shark bite incident last week after a surfer was bitten by a Great White Shark and later died from his injuries. The father of the surfer made a statement to the press expressing his disatisfaction with the choice of the government to cull (hunt) Great White Sharks and other large sharks as he said his son, Ben, would not want any shark killed due to him.
I decided to do a quick search for science literature to find any articles on the ideas that sharks can be “rogue”, i.e. once a shark bites a human that it would bite another human again. That would justify the killing of a shark. Only problem is:
- There is no science that justifies the existence of a “rogue” shark; and,
- Sharks do work that way.
During this episode of the podcast, I describe how the idea of a rogue shark came to be and how it inspired the novel and movie “Jaws”, which has perpetuated human fear of sharks.
Links To Resources Discussed in This Podcast
- DivePlanit is Debunking the myth of the “Rogue Shark”
- WA fishing company issues a plea to be able to catch Great White Sharks again as reported by WAtoday.com.au
- Australian surfer Ben Gerring dies after losing his leg in a horrific ‘great white’ shark attack near Perth as reported by independent.co.uk
- A 2011 paper on the Global Perspectives of the Risk of Shark Attacks
- Australian Beach Safety and the Politics of Shark Attacks
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